Schedules & Restrictions
Since you are here primarily to successfully attend and complete classes, your work hours should be scheduled around your classes if at all possible. This may result in your work schedule changing every term. If you have concerns about scheduling, please talk with your supervisor ahead of time to see if the schedule can be changed. You are expected to be reliable and punctual in regard to attendance and should notify your supervisor in advance if you are going to be late or miss work. You are counted on to be there.
In order to comply with laws and regulations that govern student employment, WSU places restrictions on the number of hours students may work on campus.
Maximum Hours Limits:
Fall and Spring Semesters
*During the academic year, you are permitted to work 35 or even 40 hours in one week and then 25 or 20 hours in the second week to total 60 for the pay period. But you may never exceed 40 hours in either of the two weeks of the pay period.
In the summer, students are permitted to work more hours than during the academic year. However, all students may work no more than 40 hours in one week. Students are not eligible to work overtime. On your electronic time sheets, the weekly totals are calculated and displayed throughout the pay period. You should stop working for the week if you reach 40 hours.
Holidays, Snow Days and Breaks
“Coffee” and Meal Breaks
For every four (4) consecutive hours that you work, you are allowed to take a reasonable, paid break (15 minutes is appropriate). No employee at WSU is paid for a meal break. If you continue to work while you eat a meal, you may be paid for that time as long as the work is not disrupted by the meal. Even though you are allowed 15-minute break periods, you are not allowed to combine breaks in order to take an hour-long meal break. If you take a meal break, you must sign out (clock out) when you leave and sign back in (clock in) when you return.